Modernity as a Code: The Ottoman Empire and the Global Movement of Codification

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Codification was a founding feature of Ottoman legal reform from the 1840s until the demise of the empire. This article seeks to situate the Ottoman project of codification in the context of the global codification momentum, which set the ground for a transnational common imagination of the law during the "long nineteenth century". When analyzed from the perspective of glocalization, Ottoman codes, much like codes elsewhere, stand out as essential signifiers of modernity in the socio-legal sphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)828-856
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
Issue number5
StatePublished - 7 Nov 2016


  • Codification
  • Legal formalism
  • Mecelle
  • Modernity
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Ottoman legal culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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